Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Deployment and reprovisioning

Every server and chassis has a large list of attribute values that describe the settings and functionality of the device. These settings must be set properly before deploying an operating system to make the server functional. The Deployment Portal enables you to perform initial server or chassis configuration and operating system deployment. The portal allows you to create a server or chassis configuration templates that include settings for Lifecycle Controller system, iDRAC, BIOS, RAID, NIC for servers, and CMC for chassis. These configuration templates can then be deployed to multiple servers or chassis for initial configuration before an operating system deployment process is kicked off from a predefined bootable ISO image.

Using the Deployment Portal, you can:
  • Create a device configuration template

  • Edit a device configuration template

  • Create a chassis infrastructure template

  • Add devices to the repurpose and bare-metal group

  • Modify or remove devices from the repurpose and bare-metal group

  • Deploy a bare-metal server

  • Create a virtual I/O identity pool

  • Create a compute pool

  • Deploy a server with virtual I/O identities (stateless deployment)

  • Replace a server

  • View the tasks that have been created and their status

  • Configure the deployment file share

  • NOTE: In OpenManage Essentials version 2.5, streaming functionality is used for the device configuration deployment and configuration compliance tasks of:
    • PowerEdge servers with the latest version of iDRAC7 or 8, and firmware versions of 2.50.50.50 and later installed.
    • PowerEdge servers with the latest version of iDRAC9, and firmware versions of 3.00.00.00 and later installed.
    It is recommended to upgrade the servers to the latest firmware versions, and avoid using file share settings because of security reasons in the Windows operating systems.
  • NOTE: Devices in the repurpose and bare-metal group are displayed as targets for device configuration deployment. You must explicitly add devices to the repurpose and bare-metal group for deploying a device configuration. On bare-metal deployments, you can remove the devices from the repurpose and bare-metal group after the deployment is complete.
  • NOTE: The device configuration deployment and configuration compliance features are licensed (fee-based) for supported PowerEdge servers with iDRAC. The CMC Enterprise License is required for creating and deploying device configuration along with verifying configuration compliance on PowerEdge VRTX and PowerEdge FX2/FX2s chassis. For more information about licensing, see OpenManage Essentials — Server Configuration Management License .
  • NOTE: No license is required for creating or deploying device configuration on PowerEdge M1000e chassis or IOA.

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